Evil Dr. Smith : If we consider 'Black Sabbath' as the official birth of heavy metal, then we consider 'Paranoid', which was released only seven months later, as the perfectionism of primeval metal. Where the debut album has its flaws, this album contains only classic material. It's 42 legendary minutes of metal history. 'Paranoid' is the definition of classic metal. The ultimate statement of the first metal generation.
”Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of death's construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds, oh lord yeah!”
Everything have been told a thousand times before, better and more extensive about this album. I won't ruminate information about an album that every self-respected metalhead should and must have in its collection for ages. And if you're the sole soul that doesn't have this album: "God damn, what the fuck's wrong with you?” So what's the reason that this album is officially released for the 66th (!) time? I have no idea. Especially since there is a 'Deluxe Edition' released last year, which includes a bonus CD with alternative and instrumental takes of the songs. This digipack edition is actually the stripped version of that 'Deluxe Edition', since it doesn't have the bonus disc, but contains the same booklet with lots of background information and beautiful pictures of the band and the singles. That's almost a reason by itself to buy this album once again. It's better to have the same brilliant album 66 times, than 66 different faceless mediocre bands.
The YouTube clip shows a live studio recording of 'Hand Of Doom', recorded several months before the studio recording. It's played by a band that obviously is having a good time and the lyrics differs from the final version. Or Ozzy couldn't remember the lyrics anymore, even then.